Colorado ruined Los Angeles' home opener on Monday, but the Dodgers bounced back, and their 3-0 victory against the Rockies on Wednesday night gave the Rockies back-to-back lessons in the art of winning games that contenders win.
"I'm not going to make more out of it than it is, but this is the next step for us," manager Clint Hurdle said. "It is right there in front of us. It is a challenge we are looking to handle."
The Dodgers cashed in on the Rockies' missteps.
Rookie right-hander Jason Hirsh was the victim Wednesday, getting rattled by an aggressive baserunning stunt that the Dodgers turned into a two-out, three-run rally in the third.
"This isn't unfamiliar territory for us," Hurdle said. "We have to find a way to break through. They got a break and came through. We were not able to do that."
With an 0-2 count, Juan Pierre flipped a single to left, and Russell Martin followed with a single to right, moving Pierre to second. Then, with Hirsh standing on the mound in the stretch, looking in for a sign, Pierre and Martin pulled off a double steal, leaving Hirsh shocked.
"I wouldn't say I was rattled, but I was definitely surprised," Hirsh said. "Chris (Iannetta, the catcher) called for me to step off. I thought maybe it was a beach ball on the field because we've had a few of those. Hats off to them for being heads up. ... What it came down to was me not bearing down and making the pitch I need to make, especially with two out."
Nomar Garciaparra then singled to left, driving in two runs. Hirsh was called for a balk before throwing a pitch to Jeff Kent, advancing Garciaparra to second. Kent then lashed a single to left, scoring Garciaparra.
Last Game:DODGERS 3, ROCKIES 0: The Colorado bats went silent against Brad Penny and two Los Angeles relievers in a shutout defeat Wednesday. The Rockies mustered just two hits -- singles by Garrett Atkins and Chris Iannetta -- giving them a total of one run and six hits in the past two games.
BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- Extra-base hits for the Rockies at San Diego on Saturday and Sunday. They went without an extra-base hit in only seven games last season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "What you don't want to do with a young player is let him get buried early. I learned that and learned that well from Don Baylor." -- Rockies manager Clint Hurdle on trying to protect rookie SS Troy Tulowitzki and C Chris Iannetta early in the season.